I don't think there is a Phillies fan alive who wouldn't have taken 6 innings 2 runs by Pedro Martinez in his Game 2 outing. Especially with a completely rested bullpen to throw innings 7, 8 and 9.
So when Pedro came out to start the 7th, I was surprised.
This isn't a second guess. I sat on my couch in South Pasadena and said "I can't believe he's staying in... take him out if he let's up a batter."
Do you know when I said that exact same sentence regarding Pedro Martinez in Yankee Stadium?
Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
I remember when he came out to throw the 8th after an entire season of going 7 innings tops, I thought "Odd... they haven't hit Williamson, Timlin nor Embree all series... take him out the second he lets up a hit."
With 1 out Jeter doubled and I said "Take him out now!"
And we all know what happened.
Well tonight I said the same thing... and when Jerry Hairston Jr singled I said out loud "OK, go to the pen."
And another gray haired good ole boy manager let him in a hitter too long.
The Yankees eventually scored that insurance run that gave the Yankees breathing room they would need.
Imagine the 2 runners on base in the 8th for the Phillies with only a 1 run deficit.
Imagine Ryan Howard coming to the plate representing the tying run... or Matt Stairs coming up with Ibanez at second as the tying run.
Well it is too late now...
The Phillies got the split in New York but on Halloween, the pressure falls back on the Phillies shoulders. They can't fall behind 2-1 and face Sabathia.
I was going to declare this is the beginning of a great series... but 2006 began with a split. The Cardinals won game 1, the Tigers won game 2 and it looked like it might be a long series.
Nope done in 5.
Last year the Rays and the Phillies split and it looked like the series was going to go on for a while. It did, but that was because of the rain delays and suspended games!
But if the Yankees and Phillies exchange wins in Games 3 and 4... this might turn into a classic.
Just let's hope Charlie Manuel squashes the Grady Little within.